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4:55 PM ET, May 28, 2015


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Daily Mail:
Paula Jones warns against voting for Hillary Clinton because of Bill  — Paula Jones sued President Bill Clinton for sexual harassment, saying he propositioned her when he was Arkansas governor  — Her case led to investigation in which Bill Clinton denied under oath having sex with Monica Lewinsky …
Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:
Clinton Foundation paid Blumenthal $10K per month while he advised on Libya  —  Some officials at the charity grumbled that his hiring was a favor from the Clintons.  —  Sidney Blumenthal (pictured) was added to the payroll of the Clintons' global philanthropy in 2009.  Getty
Nick Gass / Politico:
Study finds Clinton, Cruz dominate social media race
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Clinton Foundation paid Blumenthal $10,000 monthly salary
Quinnipiac News + Events:
Release Detail  —  May 28, 2015 - Five Leaders In 2016 Republican White House Race, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Rubio, Paul Are Only Republicans Even Close To Clinton  —  There are five leaders - or no leaders - as Republican voters look at likely GOP candidates in the 2016 White House race …
The Daily Item:
Today's Editorial: We bungled the Obama attack letter  —  There is no excuse for the letter The Daily Item published on Memorial Day.  We did something we shouldn't have and the readers who called us on it deserve accountability.  —  The straight forward reason the letter headlined …
Adam B. Lerner / Politico:
Pa. newspaper: Sorry we published letter calling for Obama's execution  —  A Pennsylvania newspaper has apologized for publishing a letter to the editor calling for President Barack Obama to be executed.  —  The Daily Item of Sunbury's editorial board wrote Thursday that it …
Discussion: Boing Boing and The Week
Annie Karni / Politico:
Socialist Sanders threatens Clinton more than made-for-TV O'Malley  —  In a 2016 surprise, the Dems' left flank opts for a quirky old-school pol.  —  One candidate is 73, with a shock of wispy white hair and a famously rumpled demeanor that makes him look more like a mad scientist than a politician.
Dan Joseph /
Sen. Bernie Sanders' Essay: Women ‘Fantasize About Being Raped’  —  In a 1972 essay, presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) opined that men fantasized about women being abused.  He also claimed that women fantasized about being gang raped.  —  In an article entitled “Men-And-Women …
Discussion: National Review, Hot Air and The Week
Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
Bernie Sanders's Dark Age Economics
Discussion: Samizdata, Power Line and Ed Driscoll
Rich Lowry / Politico:
SomeBlackLivesDontMatter  —  BlackLivesMatter, the slogan of the movement that began in earnest after the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, is a lie.  —  Taken at face value, the phrase is a truism, since obviously all lives matter.  But the people who use it as a shibboleth …
Julie Scharper / Baltimore Sun:
Marilyn Mosby, prosecutor in Freddie Gray case, made an early court appearance — on ‘Judge Judy’
Discussion: Fox News Insider and CBS Baltimore
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Despite Opposing Sandy Relief, Cruz Calls For Federal Aid For Texas Flood  —  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Wednesday assured Texans that the state would receive federal relief following major flooding, even though the senator opposed federal funding following Hurricane Sandy.
Cory Smith / KSAT-TV:
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz tours deva­station in Hays County
Discussion: Bloomberg Business and Daily Kos
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Even George Pataki Doesn't Want Those Damn Moderates  —  As I noted yesterday, it says a lot about the continued rightward drift in the GOP that even in a 18-candidate presidential field everybody still wants to be the “true conservative.”  We had a graphic illustration of that today …
Alexander Burns / New York Times:
George Pataki Announces Run for the Republican Presidential Nomination
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
With GOP field growing, Jeb Bush sharpens critique of would-be opponents
Discussion: Hot Air
Matt Patches / Esquire:
Shepard Fairey on the Future of Political Art and Whether Obama Lived Up to His ‘Hope’ Poster  —  The street artist's web series, Rebel Music, tracks young people around the world using art and music to push back The Man.  —  Street artist Shepard Fairey and the Viacom-owned MTV …
Joe Dana / KPNX:
‘Draw Muhammad’ contest planned in Phoenix  —  An Phoenix area anti-Muslim activist is planning a “draw Muhammad” cartoon contest and rally in Phoenix on Friday.  The event is being dubbed a “Freedom of Speech Rally” and comes three weeks after a similar event in Garland, Texas, that prompted violence by two alleged ISIS sympathizers.
Tim Mak / The Daily Beast:
Ted Cruz Comes Clean: He's a Secret Video Game Addict  —  The senator is known as a Tea Party firebrand.  What he's not known as is a hidden geek who can't get enough of ‘Candy Crush.’ He tells The Daily Beast why he can't have a console.  —  Long before Ted Cruz became a senator from Texas, he was a gamer.
John DiStaso / WMUR:
Donald Trump to make ‘major’ announcement in NYC on June 16  —  Outspoken billionaire exec will then travel to NH; presidential run appears likely  —  If you're a Donald Trump fan, mark June 16 on your calendar.  If you're a Donald Trump fan in New Hampshire, mark June 17.
Discussion: Bloomberg Business and OnPolitics
Wall Street Journal:
EPA's Amphibious Attack  —  An expansive new rule lets Washington regulate any creek or pothole.  —  While retrenching abroad, the Obama Administration remains committed to expanding Washington's footprint at home.  Behold the Environmental Protection Agency's rewrite Wednesday …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and TPNN
Robert Laurie / Best of Cain:
Politics: Rick Santorum announces doomed presidential bid in interview with pretend journalist  —  Ugh.  —  I may give Bernie Sanders a lot of flak for being unelectable, but I don't want anyone to think Democrats have the market cornered when it comes to candidates with no chance of winning.
Bill Scher / Politico:
Fox News eats its own  —  The GOP's worst enemy is turning out to be the friendliest network.  —  Lead image by AP Photo.  —  The Republican National Committee triumphantly seized control of the debates last year, saying it would not allow a repeat of 2012, when “the liberal media interrogated …
New York Times:
Health Law Court Case Winner Could Be Political Loser  —  WASHINGTON — The party that wins the impending Supreme Court decision on President Barack Obama's health care law could be the political loser.  —  If the Republican-backed challenge to the law's subsidies for lower-earning Americans prevails …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Phil Stewart / Reuters:
U.S. Army chief says no human error seen in anthrax mishap  —  U.S. personnel working at an Army facility in Utah appeared to follow correctly all the outlined procedures to inactivate anthrax before they mistakenly shipped off live samples of the deadly bacteria, the Army's top general said on Thursday.
John Parkinson / ABC News:
President Obama Meets With Sotloff Family in Florida … President Obama met today with the family of Steven Sotloff — one of the American journalists brutally beheaded by ISIS last year.  —  The White House announced that Obama met with Art and Shirley Sotloff during his trip to Miami.
Discussion: Politico
Wall Street Journal:
Rand Paul Created ISIS  —  The GOP contender rewrites the history of Islamic State.  —  Well, okay, our headline goes too far.  But the claim is about as plausible as Rand Paul's outburst that Republican internationalists like Lindsey Graham and John McCain are responsible for the rise of the Islamic State.
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Boat people from Syria and Afghanistan set up migrant camp in Kos, Greece
Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:
Polluted Political Games
Discussion: RedState
Jean Ko Din / The Catholic Register:
Police make arrest in suspected hate crime at Mississauga Catholic church
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Was Jeb Bush A Socialist At Andover? One Student Newspaper Article Says He Was
Discussion: Mediaite
Kyle Kondik / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
House 2016: Gridlock Ahead for a Possible Clinton Administration?
Ex-Schock aide dishes to FBI
Discussion: Political Wire
 Earlier Items: 
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
AFL-CIO leader warns labor could sit out 2016 fight over trade
Discussion: USA Today
Lawrence S. Wittner / CounterPunch:
Corporate Welfare Fails to Deliver the Jobs
Elizabeth Titus / Bloomberg Business:
The Secret Service Has the Security Euphemism of the Day
Discussion: ABC News
Jerry Markon / Washington Post:
Fewer immigrants are entering the U.S. illegally, and that's changed the border security debate
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
The coming terror attacks